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Second phase of Priority Schools expected ‘after Christmas’

21 Oct 16

EFA’s Mike Green confirms £2bn second phase will start procurement in 2017

Stephen Gee

John Rowan and Partners boss announces retirement from firm

21 Oct 16

Managing partner Stephen Gee to leave after 31 years at consultant

Mark Farmer

Industry leaders back highly critical Farmer Review

19 Oct 16

Government-commissioned report ‘Modernise or Die’ called ‘necessary’ by top construction bosses

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Victoria Gate, Leeds

McAlpine's Victoria Gate mall in Leeds opens

20 Oct 16

£165m project is only major retail scheme to open this year

Traffic on a motorway

Balfour and Willmott Dixon are top of the contractors’ tables

19 Oct 16

East Midlands A50 contract worth £20m helps Balfour Beatty reach number one on civils league


Cara Greaves

Learn as you earn

20 Oct 16

The Brexit vote combined with next year’s apprenticeship levy may give some firms a headache over investment plans but the need for construction apprentices has never been greater


Lead times

Lead times: July - September 2016

20 Oct 16

There are capacity issues with some off-site manufacturing but the consensus among other site-based trades is that lead times are stabilising

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The new purpose-built pool incorporates original features such as the ‘slipper bath’ cubicles

Poplar Baths: Pooling resources

19 Oct 16

Poplar Baths in London’s East End is a historic example of state architecture used to improve public health. But to preserve this listed building, the project team had to demolish part of it and rebuild through a PFI agreement


Hansom HT

Hansom: Coming of age

21 Oct 16 | Updated: 21 Oct 16

If the stress of working in construction is turning your hair grey, count yourself lucky – you could be a GP. And if you really want to keep in touch with your younger side, you can always dig out your old Lego set

Project news

Edinburgh St James

Laing O'Rourke confirmed for £1bn Edinburgh job

21 Oct 16

Demolition work begins to pave way for massive retail and leisure scheme

Allied London tower Manchester

Green light for 51-storey Manchester tower

21 Oct 16

Allied London scheme at old Granada Studios approved

Aukett Swanke's proposal for Pimlico Road shops and Newson's Yard

Green light for last timber yard in England and Wales to be demolished

19 Oct 16

Westminster Council has approved Grosvenor’s plans to redevelop part of Pimlico Road

Rivierstaete in Amsterdam BDG for WPP

Advertising giant WPP unveils Amsterdam office plans

17 Oct 16

Architect BDG picks up third project for the advertising giant

Spray Street Quarter Woolwich

St Modwen snaps up Woolwich's old market

14 Oct 16

Deal part of £200m regeneration plan in Greenwich area

Park Hill by Hawkins Brown Studio and Egret West image by Daniel Hopkinson

Urban Splash to restart work on Sheffield's Park Hill

7 Oct 16

The regeneration specialist hopes to complete the scheme in five years

Sketch of the week

Battle, Sussex, sketch by Mette McLarney

Sketch of the week: Battle, East Sussex

21 Oct 16 | Updated: 21 Oct 16

This week’s #buildingdoodle sketch is by Mette McLarney

The jungle camp, Calais

Image of the week: Nowhere left to go

21 Oct 16

Work continues on a wall in Calais to stop migrants boarding UK-bound lorries, as the residents of “the Jungle” camp are told to evacuate



Farmer Review: Telling it as it is

19 Oct 16

Mark Farmer’s review outlines familiar problems but is hopefully the spark for powerful change



Farmer Review: Not waving but drowning

17 Oct 16

Mark Farmer’s government-commissioned report into the construction industry makes for shocking reading. Speaking to Building the author explains his view of the dire state of the industry


Michael Dall

The value of sterling

19 Oct 16 | By Michael Dall

The fall in the value of the pound is the most tangible effect of the outcome of the EU referendum

Richard Steer 2014

No bars to freedom

18 Oct 16 | By Richard Steer

With £1.3bn to spend on five new prisons, construction has a golden opportunity to drag the criminal justice system out of the Victorian era and use design to change lives



What to specify: Sustainability

18 Oct 16

Buildings that will harvest light, help grow silvergrass, test environmental credibility and power TV broadcasters feature among this week’s crop of product news

From the archive

Archive, Moscow tackles the problem picture of article

This week in 1966

21 Oct 16 | Updated: 21 Oct 16

50 years ago a GLC delegation was investigating whether Soviet Russia had the answer to Moscow’s housing crisis


Natasha Hotson

Check the paperwork

21 Oct 16 | By Natasha Hotson

It’s not just Byron clamping down on illegal employees. The government has a drive on to catch workers who do not have the right to work in the UK - with big fines falling on those who employ them

Ian Yule

Mind the gaps

19 Oct 16 | By Ian Yule

When words are removed from a contract, deciding what to bring back into the court room can be a tricky business. A recent TCC case provides an example

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